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Vallecito News
Posted 11/6/20

Enjoy a little artwork from our students while you read this week's Vallecito News...

Upcoming Events

  • Nov. 7 - 15: Can Do! Run as One! Event Begins
  • Nov 9:  Vallecito Online Book Fair Begins
  • Reopening Schools Webinar for Spanish Speaking Families (4:30 - link below)
  • Nov. 9: Wave 3 Vallecito- Specific Video Shared with Parents
  • Nov. 11: Veterans' Day - No School
  • Nov. 13: End of Trimester 1
  • Nov. 16: Third Wave of Hybrid Instruction Begins (K-2)
  • Nov 22:  Vallecito Online Book Fair Ends
  • Nov. 23: Non-Student Day 
  • Nov. 24 - 27 - No School - Thanksgiving Break


Monday Video Parent Conference Change


The MCSD Reopening Team reviewed data from teachers and parents relating to the remote learning Monday Video Parent Conference and the decision was made to discontinue the weekly drop-in meeting at this time.  Please continue to reach out to your teachers through email or to set up an individual meeting

as needed.



Thank You to the Vallecito School Site Council

The School Site Council is a group of elected parents, teachers, and administrators who develop the school's state-mandated and approved Site Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA), Comprehensive Site Safety Plan, and contribute to the development of the LCAP. During this unusual school year, the Site Council members also participated in a school walkthrough to assess readiness for the return to in-person instruction and reviewed the School Site Specific Protection Plan. 

This month, Site Council members received an update on our remote and hybrid programs from teachers, an enrollment/ staffing update from the administration, and surfaced parent questions and concerns for discussion. This council is an important way for our parents and the school community to collaborate in the best interest of children.  Thank you to our parent and staff members of the 2020-2021 Site Council for their important work:



Beth Arnese 

Carrie Wurlitzer 

Erin Nixon 

Adam Melenkivitz 

Kathleen Diringer 



Elizabeth Foehr

Hildie Sims 

Kayla Ford 

Julie McKeon 

Denise Tosti


Reopening Schools Update & Resources

What does Hybrid school look like?

What health/ safety procedures are in place?

Check out the MCSD Reopening Schools webpage for videos, safety plans, and everything you need to know about our safe return to school.


Hybrid Informational Webinar 

for Spanish Speaking Families

Monday, November 9th at 4:30

Join by using the link below:


What are the Protocols if My Child Feels Sick?

The Marin County Department of Public Health provides schools with the following protocols to ensure our school remains a healthy place for students and staff.  Click the link below for the details:

Marin County COVID-19 Safety Decision Tree for Schools


What is the Plan for Increased Absences?

The adherence to the Dept. of Public Health Guidelines means that more students will be out of school for extended periods of time.  Currently, we are using our existing systems for meeting students' academic needs when absent with an independent study program (online assignments, ed tech apps, work packets, etc). We understand this solution has limitations in our current situation and the MCSD Reopening Team is in the process of developing alternative solutions.  



Need More Information on the Hybrid Program?

Check out the recording from this week's Hybrid Webinar and Q&A.


Parent Health Pledge

As a community, we value a safe return to in-person instruction for not only our students but the dedicated staff members who care for our children.  And right now, our actions really matter. Every time we commit to limiting our family's travel and social activities, we help keep our school open.  Every time we limit our child's participation to only two cohorts, we help keep our school open. And every time we refrain from gatherings with mixed households, we help keep our school open. We are in this together, Vallecito, and together we've got this.

MCSD Parent/ Guardian Community Health Pledge


More Hybrid Program Parent Resources

Daily Temperature Checks

For families that are returning to hybrid classrooms, a daily mandatory temperature check of your child is required. Families that do not have a thermometer at home, please contact the front office for support. 


MCSD Hybrid COVID-19 Parent Handbook

The MCSD Hybrid Parent Handbook provides parents with an in-depth overview of the program. Please take the time to read it all the way through as it will answer most of your questions.  As health conditions and knowledge of the virus evolve, we will adapt our practices to the recommendations of the Marin Department of Public Health. 

Hybrid COVID 19 Parent Handbook English (Updated)

Hybrid COVID 19 Parent Handbook Spanish (Updated)



Children May Participate in Only Two Cohorts

We are in this together and each family's choices impact the other families in their hybrid group.  We can achieve our goal of a safe return to in-person instruction when we all agree to wear masks, practice social distancing, wash our hands, and limit our exposure to others.  Under the guidance of the Marin Department of Public Health, students can participate in only two cohorts (school, childcare, soccer, etc). It is important that all families adjust their child's activities to ensure they are in no more than two groups once they resume in-person instruction.  Click HERE for the full guidance from the Department of Public Health. 






November 7th-15th

Join the fun! Run or walk anytime, anywhere and support our Miller Creek School District!

Registration Fee $25.00 

All participants receive a printable race bib, Can Do! backpack, water bottle and discount coupons from local businesses.

Limited Sponsored Registrations Available. Email for more info.



Home & School Club Happenings


Scholastic Virtual Book Fair

(open Mon. 11/9 through Sun. 11/22/2020)

The Scholastic Book Fair is back! While the Fair will be exclusively held online this year, we still plan on making it a fun and joyous experience. The Online Fair will include features like: Vallecito’s own online store, games, coloring pages, read alouds, virtual store walk-throughs and more. Remember, every dollar you spend will benefit our school (25% back in rewards!).
Please consider a donation to All for Books where all monies will be used to purchase books from the wish lists of deserving Vallecito kids!
Vallecito’s Online Store: 
Donate a Book to Val Students: click here or visit 
Link to Read Alouds, Games & More: click here
We can’t wait to “see” you at the Fair!
Jennifer Cuthbertson, Brittany Greene, Jennifer Ishii-Yu, Carrie Purvis
Scholastic Book Fair Chairs


HSC Holiday Mixology Class
WHEN: Tuesday, November 17 from 6:30-7:3pm
WHERE: Join Zoom Meeting (Click here)
            Meeting ID: 849 2196 8847 
            Passcode: 358041 
RSVP: Email to sign up
More Info: Click here
One of our very own VAL parents, Justin Mulford, is a mixologist and will be offering parents a free holiday mixology virtual class. As we all prepare for a SAFE and HAPPY winter holiday season, learn how to make two drinks made with bourbon. You will learn to make a tasty hot toddy and a classic Old Fashioned with a maple twist, while hearing about the history of this American liquor. An ingredient list with be sent to those who sign up, so parents can make the drinks along with Justin. Or just sit back and enjoy the class! 



Community Flyers

Parents can access community flyers by visiting the Community Resources page on the Miller Creek School District website. New flyers this week:

* AC Marin Late Fall Training

Vallecito Elementary School

50 Nova Albion Way

San Rafael, CA. 94903

Front Office: Denise Tosti

Principal: Elizabeth Foehr